The Book of Revelation, also called The
Apocalypse of John, is the last book of the
New Testament. There are three main schools of thought about
how the symbolism, imagery, and contents of the Book of
Revelation should be interpreted. Those three approaches
are the millennialist,
mythic, and historical.
The millennialist holds that the contents of Revelation, especially when
interpreted in conjunction with the Book of Daniel and other
eschatological sections of the Bible, constitute a prophecy of
the end times. This school can be further subdivided into:
the futurist view, which applies
all the events in the book into the end times.
the historicist view, which
regards the book as spanning history from the first century
through the second coming.
- The mythic approach views the symbolism of Revelation as
timeless images that apply to any generation.
- The historical approach hold that the key to Revelation's
meaning lies with its first century setting and the goals of
its first century writer.
Revelation is an example of apocalyptic literature, which
was popular within both Christian and Jewish literature.